Ian Collinson - Writer

Born in Nottingham, Ian lived and worked there  most of his life until moving to Newark in 2010.
Experience in the print industry enabled him to set up Weathervane Press, a contemporary literary fiction publisher that has so far launched six Nottingham authors. 
Ian used his first novel, I love Samuel Taylor, as a test drive for Weathervane Press, publishing it in April 2009. A romantic comedy set in Nottingham, it has the looming economic crisis as its backdrop.
Read Chapter One or listen to a recording on the Weather Eye page.
In Ian's  second novel, Find Amy, an estate agent unwittingly becomes an unlikely sleuth in the hunt for a missing girl. Ian self published this book on Kindle.
Ian writes and performs poetry, winning the Nottingham Poetry Society performance competition in 2008. His work has appeared in Fin Magazine, Living Poets Magazine, and the anthologies Poets in the Pink and The Cotgrave Collection.
Read a few here.
Ian has written reviews for Assent (formerly Poetry Nottingham), Living Poets Magazine and the online magazine Litter.
Read some of Ian's reviews.
Ian has written articles for Living Poets Magazine, Assent and Nottinghshire's County Lit, a selection of which can be found here

In 2015, when, with help from Robin Hood Theatre in Newark and Write Club, run by the inspirational drama mastermind Gareth Morgan of Nottingham Playhouse, Ian started writing theatre scripts.

In June 2016 Ian's short play, Escape to Euroland, was selected for a rehearsed reading along with six other scripts for the NEAT16 performance, 'The Write Club response to Brexit.' A video can be found on the Nottingham Playhouse Facebook page.

In July 2016 a rehearsed reading of Ian's play 'Extra Time' was performed for the board of Robin Hood Theatre Company, and was selected for the 'new works' slot in their 2017-18 season at the theatre. Thanks to RHTC, particularly the actors who supported this venture by giving up their time to perform, and to all at Act 2 Write Club, where the script was developed.

In April 2017, Ian's play 'A Case of You' was shortlisted for the Rattigan Award.


Ian's play 'Extra Time' was performed by Robin Hood Theatre, near Newark, in February 2018. Thank you to everyone at RHT for such a fine production. 

Read the Newark Advertiser review:


There will be a rehearsed reading of the first four scenes of Ian's play 'Ex Mundi' by 'Write Track' in the studio of Newark Palace Theatre on 20th March 2018. See @EducAtThePalace on Twitter. 

 iancollinson@hotmail.co.uk .